2020-11-17 12:19:13

Indigenous Communities on the Frontline as Two Climate Change-Fueled Hurricanes Slam Central America

Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua Monday as a Category 4 storm, just two weeks after Hurricane Eta devastated communities across Central America and caused widespread destruction.

Iota is the strongest November hurricane to ever hit Nicaragua.

“It’s caused a lot of damages to the most vulnerable peoples, which tends to be Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and Black communities all across Central America,” says Giovanni Batz, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, who has been in touch with people reeling from Hurricane Eta.

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